Peg Lefebvre – January 10, 2022 – “Steps to a Successful Watercolor Painting”

After the OAG members’ meeting on January 10, 2022, Peg LeFebvre shared insights into her creative process of painting marvelous character portraits, from concept, drawing, then stages of painting. Peg often includes the person’s hands in the portrait because hands can convey so much about the person. Peg began her study of art with sculpture, a fact that she feels helps her bring dimension to images on paper. She begins each work with a contour or wire pencil drawing, then a full-toned pencil sketch.

Peg prefers to work on Arches 300# Cold Press, but even when using 140# watercolor paper she foregoes the preliminary soaking and stretching and works directly on the dry paper. Peg showed that a simple palette of Aureolin Yellow, Ultramarine Blue, and Permanent Rose can develop nearly every nuance of color needed for a portrait. Artists can experiment with other triads of Y-B-R for different moods and effects. Peg finds she needs only three brushes, 1 inch flat, medium, and smaller detail brush. Simplicity!

Painting began with her 1-inch brush. Peg allowed the yellow and red to mingle for flesh tones. The base layer is then allowed to dry before building up the facial structure in the next layer with gentle “kisses” of brush and paint to paper. As the portrait develops, intense darks add to the drama.

Thank you, Peg, for giving us valuable tips to improve our watercolor portraits. Most important, we need to believe in ourselves and invest the time, every day, to hone our skills. Thank you for believing in us!!!!

The photos below were taken by Gail Bannock and John Ford during the members’ meeting and Peg’s wonderful demonstration. Enjoy!

Leesburg Art Trip- November 10, 2021

Photos of the Art-Venture Courtesy of Jan Kiszonak

Article contributed by Gail Bannock, program coordinator

What a great time we had on our OAG Trip to Leesburg today!  Although only six of us were able to attend, we had a wonderful time! Some of us first stopped at the Villages Art Workshop in Summerfield and were amazed at the wonderful state of the art classroom, workshops, gallery space and art supply store carrying the basics they have at their location. We then proceeded to Hacienda Recreation Center in the Villages where President of the Visual Arts Association,  Catherine Sullivan met us and discussed the art show on exhibit.  It was such a wonderful selection of creative work that the artists painted after being inspired by one of the masters. Lunch followed at the Cracker Barrel in Leesburg which we all enjoyed.  We then proceeded to DK Art and Frame Gallery.  Dennis met us and helped us out with our art questions, purchases and entertained us as usual!  Our final stop was the Plaza Lincoln Gallery where Kelley Batson-Howard met us and gave us some background and information about her Lump Family Portrait Show on exhibit.  We were all in awe of her thought process, colorful canvases and fitting titles of her show.  We’re all looking forward to the next OAG trip that we will be planning shortly for March 2022.   

Article contributed by Lee Asta, President of OAG

Well, for those of you who were not able to make this trip, I hate to rub it in but: YOU MISSED A BEAUTIFUL DAY!!!

Thanks to the efficiency of our terrific SECOND VICE PRESIDENT, Gail Bannock, , our schedule proceeded like a well-oiled COG!!!

Gail set up Car POOLS so members could easily travel from Ocala, to Belleview to Summerfield on to The Villages and FINALLY,  on to Leesburg.

The first group set off from Ocala to arrive at the Village Art Center in Summerfield. Jan Kiszonak and Ruth Dexheimer met Gail Bannock and they  received a mini tour  by OAG Members Wanda Boyd and Bev Hennessey.  They found the physical set up of the large Workshop studio so impressive, they said it made attending a Workshop there very appealing. Lynn, Gail and Lee are meeting there with the owners to see if we can work out some future happenings at those facilities.

From there the 3 Members met Lee Asta and Member Catherine Sullivan at La  Hacienda Recreation Center in the Villages where Catherine Sullivan gave some interesting details about the show hanging there, “INSPIRED BY THE MASTERS” which is the Model for our February Show coming to the Brick Center for the Arts. We took some pictures to show you all in our Newsletter. The show is hanging till beginning of December and is OPEN TO THE PUBLIC without any ID! Try to see it for yourselves as we were really impressed with it!!!

From there, four of us left for Leesburg and met Linda DeLuca at Cracker Barrel for a delicious lunch and some quick shopping in the Store, which was beautifully decorated for Christmas and other HOLIDAYS!!!

Gail kept us ON SCHEDULE so we arrived on time to met up with Dennis and his Mom Gail at DK Art and Frame Supplies in Leesburg. That shop is just a PLETHORA of ART GOODIES and Dennis was very patient to explain all the cool things we had questions about. 

The final leg of our beautiful adventure occurred at The Leesburg Plaza Lincoln Gallery in the Lincoln Car Dealership! I DIDNT EVEN SEE THE CARS! The art by our OAG member Kelley Batson-Howard was so mesmerizing that I couldn’t look around, but stayed totally focused on it!!!! Kelley graciously spoke about her art and the meaning of the Theme title: ”Lumps”. It was so lively and fun and inspirational! I couldn’t wait to get home to paint some LUMPS!

Well, as we said our goodbyes, our small group reiterated the good time we had together and we already started planning another Adventure: possibly with some journal painting (and of course) some lunch!!!!

Watch for what we are planning next…….and try to join us for another Art-Venture! Thanks, Gail, for all your hard work!!!!

Lee Kline – Nov 8, 2021

Meeting at 12 PM Demonstration at 12:30 PM
“Making a Sketchbook Journal”

We had a good crowd of about 22 people for Lee’s presentation. Lee Kline brought many of his sketching journals that he has done over the years and everyone seemed to enjoy his creativity, talent and passion for journaling. 

Lee shared with the crowd that he sketches nearly everyday both indoors and outdoors.  He shared with us many of his dozens of completed sketchbooks filled with amazingly creative sketches, paintings and narratives of not only the wonderful trips that he and his wife take throughout the world but also sketches of everyday life.  He enlightened us and encouraged us all to spend everyday doing something creative with our artwork. 

Thank you, Lee Kline!

November 8 Meeting

Joanie Ford – Oct 11, 2021

Meeting at 12 PM Demonstration at 12:30 PM
“Creating a Painting from Your Photo”

OAG members were treated to an Awesome presentation by Joanie Ford! Joanie and OAG Program chairperson Gail Bannock received many, many thanks from those attending!!

Joanie Ford – Professional Photographer & Accomplished Artist – Photos for this article courtesy of Gail Bannock
Joanie Ford – “Creating a Painting from Your Photo”

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Below are just a few crumbs from Joanie’s talk. Read on!

Camera Ready? Think First!

When photographing a scene, Joanie suggests that we stop before we click away!!!!
Spend time looking at the scene
Pick a good subject
Think about cropping (zoom in)
Take several different photographs
Look for drama (lighting and focus)
Be intentional
Just because a scene is beautiful does not mean it will make a good painting
Remember: Composition is the gravity that holds a painting together (Frank Webb).


Joanie uses software to translate the reference photo into a well composed painting.
Joanie keeps a visual reference sheet of many types of composition and studies the photo for a close match.
She then applies her favorite software tools to look for the painting in her photo.
Photoshop Elements $79 for editing the photo
Value Study App – for making Notans and value studies (free) Saturate values for stronger contrast.
FotoSketcher App – For showing you ideas (free)

Composition is KEY!

Ultimately, the painting is not about the subject. It is the COMPOSITION that matters.
Crop to find the DRAMA. The area of greatest contrast becomes the focal point. To keep the viewer’s eye in the painting use branches or linear elements as “pointers” leading the eye to the center of interest.
Arrange all shapes to integrate toward one place. Use light to lead the viewer to the focus, around the painting, and back.

Reverse (flip) the photo for a different view. Look for a possible S composition (see below). Re-position elements along a diagonal. Avoid bright colors at edges or corners that pull the eye outside the frame.

Think about the illusion of depth. For depth of view and atmospheric effects, add lavender.

Choose dominance of land or sky, never equal.

SIMPLIFY. Remove unnecessary objects. Focus attention on what is important and minimize detail in the rest of the painting.
How much detail? The amount of information depends on the size of the painting.

Count areas of the painting. Too many? Look for strong value masses. The boat! Find areas that can be removed (a second boat), or cropped (at top of the photo) for fewer areas.

Apply the Principles if Art and Design: Simplification, Repetition, Rhythm, Balance, Dominance, Emphasis, Gradation, Contrast Harmony, Variety, Movement, Proportion, Leading Lines, Rule of Thirds, Rule of Odds, Triangles.
Joanie showed us that there is much to consider before we begin a painting. She shared with us the tools that help translate what we saw through the camera lens, and how to use the principles of composition to bring our vision to life in a painting that draws the viewer into a magical scene. Thank you, Joanie!

Lunch and a Movie! Sept 25, 2021

Another fun social event for OAG members!

Matinee outing -September 25th , 2021

OAG is heading to the MOVIES!!!! What better way to spend an afternoon ? Grabbing a bite and then heading to a CLASSIC MOVIE? We want to see our lovely  OAG Art  Show inspired by the Beatles Movie:” A Hard Day’s Night”.

Some of us are going to meet at Ivy on the Square Restaurant for Lunch at  NOON and then head across the street  to the Marion Theater to see the 2:00 Matinee on Saturday, September 25th.It’s a real BARGAIN  at only $5. 

Let Lee Asta know if you’d like to be included in lunch and she will try to make RESERVATIONS:
 Look forward to spending the afternoon together!!!! Lee Asta

The Luncheon venue had to be changed to the Braised Onion at the last minute, but everyone who attended had a great time!

Attending Heather Doherty and new members: Dori Sullivan, Nancy Sepe, Sheila Sugerman; Glori Kohlmann; Jan Kiszonak and Lee Asta:

Well! Well! Well! What’s going on here? Laughing? Red shirts? Lunch? Talking? Oh! Now I figured it out!!! It’s those OAG artists again!!! Ok so where were they off to? In a short survey as they were leaving , they commented: “we just saw the Classic Movie:”A Hard Days Night” starring the Beatles. So? How was it? Comments: The music was great! The story was long! The theater was chilly! It was better if we were seeing it in the 1960’s!!! (we’d be younger too!!!) The OAG Art Show was beautiful! People were actually seen studying the art!!!! I’d go to the next one! The theater downstairs was nicely redone!

Dennis Kaminski- Sept 13, 2021

Meeting at 12 PM followed by Program:
“Choosing the BEST Products to Make YOUR Artwork Standout!”

Dennis Kaminski – Best products for Your Media September 13, 2021 – Photo Courtesy of Joanie Ford

Weather cooperated and from 11 am -12 PM, while the Board meet for their executive meeting, “hostess” Jan Tindall welcomed about 16 OAG members to a pleasant lunch and chat on the patio at Brick City gallery before the members’ meeting and program.

At the members’ business meeting President Lee Asta introduced 6 new members of OAG! Membership is growing again to pre-COVID numbers.
A highlight of the meeting was approval by the membership of the revision of the Bylaws. The newly revised Bylaws are now posted on the website.
Board members Lynn King and Gail Bannock announced an exciting lineup of exhibits, programs and events for new season. Webmaster Barbara Fife encouraged to submit new of their awards, recognition, link to their website, and images of their work for the Member pages of the website. Cindy Vener was thanked for setting up an Instagram account for Ocala Art Group.

Photo Courtesy of Joanie Ford – Some of the members attending the September meeting.

Dennis Kaminski waited patiently in the wings through all this. Dennis shared with s a wealth of information about available art supplies for every medium. Dennis explained the different surfaces, wood-pulp and cotton fiber papers, matboard quality, the spectrum of canvases, coated masonite choices, and cradled board.

Have you ever wanted to test a brush before you buy? Dennis actually encourages artists to test brushes (water only) before your purchase! Quality brushes will last a very long time if cared for properly. Masters(General) and Escoda manufacture brush soap. A misshapen brush carelessly stored? Dip the hairs in very hot water for 20-30 seconds, to relax the hairs, then apply brush soap and shape. Dry horizontal on a support with hairs not touching anything. Good as new!!

There really IS a difference in the quality of graphite pencils. Tip: avoid the death grip on pencils by holding farther back on the pencil. That probably holds true for brushes, too…..

Best paint? In any medium, pigment content is key. Less expensive lines contain more vehicle, brighteners, filler, less pigment. For LOTS of Watercolor paint information, Dennis recommended the online resource An encyclopedia!!!

Visit GOLDEN at to learn more about their full range of products. You can even print out a “recipe” for a specific mix.

And Dennis carries a full line of EVERYTHING in his large store in Leesburg. Definitely a destination for artists!!!

COMING Wednesday, November 10… AN “ART-VENTURE” TO LEESBURG!!!!! Details and flyer on the Calendar page.

Thank you an entertaining as well of very informative presentation, Dennis!

Classic Movie Challenge

September 2021

A Hard Day’s Night

We set up a “spur of the moment” NEW scheduled event: we plan on attending TOGETHER a Classic Beatles’ Movie date at the Marion Theater …. Watch for date and time– quick lunch locally then do the $5 Matinee….Hope you can make it!!!! Lee

How many of these can you match up with photos above?

Lee Asta: Yellow Submarine
Joanie Ford: Music and Memories
Marian Savage: Hard Days Night
Iris Kaplan: Happy Daze and Music Magic
Linda DeLuca: A Hard Days Night
Janice Tindall: In Memorium and A Hard Days Night

Art-venture- WEC- Aug 4, 2021

Ruth Dexheimer, Marion Savage, Heather Doherty, Lee Asta (President), Joanie Ford, Marge Picard, Lisa Woodward

Well…… August 4th finally arrived and so did the torrential rain that followed!!! Being the staunch Members of OAG, we arrived at 10 A.M. with rain gear, water and other supplies (which we left in the car…A MISTAKE that we learned later on!!!)

The Equestrian Hotel was better than we had heard and did not disappoint any of us!!! The Architecture was GRAND! The Interior Decorating was GRAND! The art was GRAND! The horses we saw were GRAND! Everything was GRAND!!!!Our lunch at the lovely Italian cafe was GRAND too! 

Everyone who could do so, came in the proper RED (or near red) shirt so we could spot them easier from afar! The whole experience made us feel that we were on a luxurious INTERLUDE!!!

WE left there feeling VERY GRAND INDEED!

Unfortunately, we set out with 2 missions which we could not complete: First, we were looking for our friend GiGi who is working there at one of the Gift Shops (we never found her!!!).  Second, we were wanting to see if this would be a PROPER VENUE for one of our POPUP art shows? (Some of us were so IMPRESSED by the quality of the displayed artwork -which were all beautiful and elegant DOGS- that we found ourselves somewhat intimidated!) SO OUR CONCLUSION WAS: we will have to come back another time to reassess this location and try to find GIGI!!!


Click below to enjoy the video of our Grand Art-venture!


Photos of the event courtesy of Joanie & John Ford and Lee Asta.

Classic Movie Challenge

“Funny Girl” At Historic Marion Theatre – July 1 through September 2, 2021


Leona Asta.        Henry Street and Funny Girl
Gail Bannock.    The Funny
Linda DeLuca.   Under the Brooklyn Bridge 
Iris Kaplan.        Freedom and  Happy Daze
Lynn King.         Hello Gorgeous 
Jan Kiszonak.     Funny Girl
Marian Savage.   New York Duet
Janet Sullivan.    Babs
Janice Tindall.    Baby Snooks and Uh-oh!